Business & Real Estate

Sacramento hotel closed after complaints of drugs, prostitution, robbery

The City of Sacramento has succeeded in closing a hotel in the Arden area that officials said has been rife with drugs, armed robbery and prostitution.

The city attorney’s office settled a public nuisance suit against defendants connected with the Sacramento Inn and Suites, formerly known as the Clarion Inn. The operator of the hotel at 1401 Arden Way has ceased operations, secured and vacated the premises and paid taxes owed.

The closure of the hotel removes a serious threat to public safety, said City Attorney James Sanchez in a blog posting.

“This hotel’s problems included not only excessive criminal activity involving the illegal use and sales of controlled substances, armed robbery, prostitution, and human trafficking, but also egregious fire and building code violations,” Sanchez said.

The city said the settlement was reached after several investigations by the police, fire and dangerous buildings personnel. More than 100 serious fire code violations were found at the hotel.

Neighbors had complained about the hotel being a nuisance. The effort is part of the city’s Justice for Neighbors Program, comprised of a task force of city departments that work to resolve the worst public nuisances.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.